Project description

End-of-Life (EOL) tires represent a serious waste disposal and environmental problem, which can cause adverse human health risks, while European legislation has already banned their landfilling. An EOL-tire constitutes a complex engineering product, composed of a number of materials such as synthetic and natural rubber, carbon black, steel, and textiles, as well as various chemical and mineral additives. Some of these materials can be hard to break down, recycle or re-use, while others, such as rubber can be easily removed and reused, recycled or recovered.







Rubber from EOL-tires can be successfully used in road construction, as long as the modified asphalt mixtures meet engineering standards and are cost effective. At the same time, the large scale use of EOL-tires, which can either substitute natural aggregates (sand, gravel, etc.) or even modify the asphalt binder itself in bituminous mixtures, contributes to increasing sustainability of road construction and reducing its carbon footprint.

Project background



The ROADTIRE project, co-funded by LIFE+, aimed to demonstrate an innovative use for recycled rubber from EOL-tires in road construction. This ultimately fostered and facilitated a new and wider market for EOL-tires in construction applications, an achievement which also helps reducing the amount of collected EOL-tires being stockpiled or sent for uses with a higher carbon footprint.

Main targets

The ROADTIRE project aimed to promote the use of EOL tires in road construction and maintenance, in an integrated and consolidated way. It focused in Greece and Italy, thus adapting mostly on Mediterranean settings. The proposed approach involved the development and construction of a pilot road to prototype and demonstrate innovative related methodologies, in order to raise all current barriers that still hinder the massive valorization of EOL-tires into such engineering applications.


ROADTIRE developed an integrated methodology to facilitate the integration of EOL-tires into the entire road life cycle, in the frame of also developing and fostering a parallel dialogue forum with all involved stakeholders.


All the above lead to:

 Reduced environmental impacts from EOL-tire disposal and temporary storage.

 Improved environmental performance of public works and especially road construction and maintenance.

2010 ROADTIRE - LIFE09/ENV/GR/000304

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